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Kate Flocken

Kate Flocken

Associate, CFSI

Kate is an Associate on the Program Team at CFSI where she primarily works on the Financial Solutions Lab and international financial technology issues. Her path toward consumer financial health started when she was in high school and spent time volunteering with a microlending program in leprosy colonies in India. She saw firsthand how financial empowerment could dramatically improve the quality of life of victims of leprosy and their families.

Prior to joining CFSI, Kate received an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics where she wrote her dissertation on the European Union’s regulatory reaction to the emergence of digital currency technology.

Before going back to LSE, Kate was the Director of Research and Communications at Jo Ann Barefoot Group (now Barefoot Innovation Group) in Washington D.C. where she focused on issues surrounding the impact of the financial crisis on consumer well-being and organized a conference on FinTech innovation for leading financial industry innovators, regulators, academics and advocates.

Formerly, Kate worked as a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Rob Portman. Her wide ranging experience covered issues regarding energy, environment, agriculture, international relations, homeland security, budget, tax and government affairs. Kate also served as the Senator’s Principal Advisor on Conservation and assisted with the Senator’s work on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee and as co-chair of the U.S. Senate International Conservation Caucus. In this role she primarily focused on domestic and international environment and conservation policy, as well as energy efficiency legislation.

Kate graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc in Economic History and an MSc in International Relations. She currently lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and their two cats.